Moment Magazine, North America’s premier Jewish magazine, was founded in 1975 by Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and acclaimed writer Leonard Fein. Fiercely independent, Moment is not tied to any organization, denomination or point of view and offers a balanced accounting of the Jewish experience in America. As Fein proudly declared in the premier issue, Moment would include diverse opinions “of no single ideological position, save of course, for a commitment to Jewish life.” Its pages have been graced by both well-known writers and emerging writers, including Calvin Trillin, Chaim Potok, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Abba Eban, Cynthia Ozick, Wolf Blitzer, Yossi Klein Halevi, Theodore Bikel, Jeremy Groopman, Ron Rosenbaum, Sherwin Nuland, Erica Jong, Dara Horn, David Margolick, Dani Shapiro and so many others. The magazine has profiled hundreds of other people—from Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson to Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Sergey Brin to Jon Stewart—and reviewed books by the world’s foremost writers. Moment is dedicated to serious, highly literate, intellectual journalism that provides the American Jewish community and other readers with a much-needed independent forum. Moment also strives to counteract anti-Semitism, and encourage constructive, meaningful discussion about Jewish history, life and future. With 100,000 print readers and two million on the web, Moment is the flagship project of the Center for Creative Change, a small Washington, DC-based non-profit organization.
Moment Magazine has roots that reach beyond its founding in 1975. It is named after the Yiddish-language Der Moment, founded in 1910 in Warsaw, Poland. Der Moment, as Wiesel describes in Moment’s first issue, “became a massive circulation newspaper, and lived until it was murdered together with Polish Jewry.” Fortunately, Der Moment lives on, on microfilm at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, and through its namesake, Moment.
Editor and Publisher Nadine Epstein
Nadine Epstein is the editor and publisher of Moment Magazine and founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Change. A longtime journalist, her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, The Christian Science Monitor, Ms., and other publications. She covered politics and news in the Chicago bureau of The New York Times and at The City News Bureau of Chicago. She has co-written three books, contributed to anthology collections and co-written a documentary film, which was selected as a semifinalist for the 2001 Academy Awards. Epstein was a 1989-1990 Kellogg Fellow for Public Service in Journalism, now known as the Knight-Wallace Fellowship, and has received grants from the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. During the 1990s, she taught science writing and long-form journalism in the Master’s Program in Journalism at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a University fellow in the political science doctoral program at Columbia University.
What People Say about Moment Magazine
“I’m always amazed how Moment continues to be so good.” –Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize laureate and co-founder of Moment Magazine
“Moment has become a rather brilliant journal of Jewish cultural and sociological affairs—a worthy successor to the Commentary of the 1950s and 1960s.” –historian Howard Sachar
“Moment is the indispensable read for those of us seeking informed commentary on Jewish life, stripped of the factionalism and shrillness that all too often drowns out thoughtful discussion these days.” –Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks
“Anyone interested in the central themes of the last 36 years, the critical ideas, the debates, the cultural innovations, the issues that Jews debated, will find those reflected on the pages of Moment Magazine.” –historian Jonathan Sarna
“One of the things that Moment does that’s so important right now at the turn of the 21st century is to be an institution that can bring Jews from across the spectrum together.” –author Josh Foer
“This is journalism as it should be. [Moment is] currently edited [by Nadine Epstein] with great imagination and verve.” –sociologist Peter Berger
“Moment takes aim, takes risks and laughs at us too. Moment is a bastion of Jewish journalism and—here is the amazing part—it keeps getting better. From year to year, Moment is more serious and funnier, deeper and edgier.” –author Anita Diamant
A professor, political activist
and author of 57 books, Elie Wiesel is best known for his acclaimed memoir, Night, a reflection of his experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald during the Holocaust. Wiesel won the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize.
After co-founding Moment Magazine with Elie Wiesel in 1975, Leonard Fein served as its founding editor for 11 years. In addition, he is the founder of Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger and the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Author of many books, he has taught political science, social policy and Jewish thought at universities around the world.
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